OH Police Chief Trial Set In Burglary Of TV Star’s Surrogate


Martins Ferry, Ohio, police chief Barry Carpenter goes on trial tomorrow on charges that he burglarized the home of Michelle Ross. The 26-year-old surrogate mother, hired by “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, gave birth to the couple’s twin daughters June 23. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Carpenter and suspended Bridgeport, Oh., police Chief Chad Dojack — who is to be tried separately — conspired to sell items and information obtained from Ross’ home to an unnamed tabloid.

Prosecutor Shawn Hervey said he’d been contacted by more than 30 national news organizations after a grand jury issued indictments July 29. One of those subpoenaed to testify as a prosecution witness is David Perel, former editor-in-chief of the National Enquirer, who now oversees its Web site, Radaronline.com. The Enquirer denies any involvement in the case.

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